We sat down with GLOBIS MBA student Anurag Kumar to hear about his journey from India to Japan, why he decided to pursue his MBA, and how it’s been going so far.
1.Why did you decide to get an MBA, and why GLOBIS?
I am an entrepreneur at heart. Nothing else matters as much as personal growth, not even a lucrative salary. During my stint as a software entrepreneur, I always felt that I was missing something. I wanted bigger challenges, but they never came. I wanted to tackle critical questions with my teammates, but that never happened.
During a down phase in my business, I took a job at Max Life Insurance, where management training was provided by the company. Diving back into education ignited a passion to update my skills and get a job where I can shine. The natural choice was an MBA, so the question was where. I knew that I wanted to work in an international environment for a few years, in a country where visa requirements were welcoming. It came down to three options: Canada, Singapore, and Japan.
By this time, I was already in touch with a representative from GLOBIS. I received a scholarship, which made my decision to choose between Canada and Japan easier. The rest is history.
2. Has anything happened during your MBA study that you didn’t expect?
Saying that an MBA has given me a network is very cliché, but it’s so true. I’ve gotten so many new ideas just by being around people from such varied backgrounds. Their support has given me confidence that I thought I had lost a long time ago. I was surprised at how many opportunities can come out of chats with random people.
I also didn’t expect how friendly Japanese HR recruiters are. Maybe it is the supply and demand situation here, but I have had recruiters buying me lunch, which is completely unheard of in India.
3. What is your advice for people considering to get an MBA?
If you’re thinking about getting an MBA, my advice is to understand that this year is going to be different. Open yourself to opportunities and take them seriously. If you are working in a niche area of some technology or accounting, try to think of how you can maximize those skills to impress a future recruiter.
And if you’re coming to GLOBIS, take the GLOBIS pre-MBA classes in finance and accounting. You’ll thank me later.